Scott Watson

Composer & Educator

WELCOME to the website of music educator and composer, Dr. Scott Watson.

The Music of Scott Watson

on Alfred's Score & Sound YouTube Channel

Gift of Hope

NEW SPRING 2021! Gift of Hope (Alfred, Gr. 3.5) captures musically two aspects of hope. Opening dramatically, the piece soon settles into an upbeat, joyful main theme. Slower contrasting material follows, building from a tender, transparently scored opening to a climax full of resolve. The optimistic main theme returns, leading to a dramatic, heroic conclusion. View the Alfred Reading Session review! A 2021 Stanton's Music Five Star Feature!

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Stand Tall, Stand Strong

NEW SPRING 2021! Stand Tall, Stand Strong (Alfred, Gr. 1.5) by Scott Watson instills a musically resolute, optimistic statement appropriate for our time. No matter how soundly we are thrown down or how big the obstacles before us, we can rise again, press on, rebuild, and overcome. With grit and tenacity, we will emerge even stronger from the trials that beset us. A 2021 J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice!

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NEW SPRING 2021! Camelot refers to an idyllic time and place, lost to lore and legend, but which continues on in the hearts, minds, and stories of so many. The exciting Return to Camelot (Alfred, Gr. 2) ---with its driving tempo, insistent rhythms, modal harmonies, and glimpses of beauty---musically transports the listener back to King Arthur's chivalrous and magical Camelot! A 2021 J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice and Stanton's Music Five Star Feature! View the Alfred Reading Session review!

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Social Distancing Blues

Available as FREE content in SmartMusic (visit for any band instrument or voice and piano. Performed here by the Dolcetto Trio (

Composer Name That Tune Challenge!

A silly, little game show where I attempt to guess my own compositions after hearing only 5 seconds of each. See how I did!

Follow composer, Scott Watson, in this virtual guest conducting video as you perform Escape from Thunder Mountain!


I've created this resource for band directors and students performing my ESCAPE FROM THUNDER MOUNTAIN (concert band or flex band versions).

In the video I guest conduct (virtually) musicians through the composition. A Composer's Notes sheet can be downloaded (free) with my suggestions for practicing/rehearsing the piece.

Directors and their students can use these resources to prepare their students - in-person or virtually - to perform Escape from Thunder Mountain with input from me...the composer!

COMPOSER'S NOTES SHEET (free download) - click here!

  • This new product yields a musically viable/attractive outcome with virtually ANY combination of 4 instruments

  • Includes play-along PERCUSSION TRACK for each selection!

  • PERFECT for face-to-face, remote/online, and hybrid teaching scenarios.

By Scott Watson: Escape from Thunder Mountain (Gr. 1.5) and Rock Solid (Gr. 2)

Coming SOON (Fall 2021) for Winter/Holiday concerts:

At the Feast of Stephen (featuring "Good King Wenceslas") FLEX!

A NEW collection of flexible instrumentation and instrument-specific solos, with piano accompaniment, written by some of your favorite composers in the band world. Available in SmartMusic and at Each solo comes with SI Soloist Exercises which help prepare the player, and Sound Advice program notes and rehearsal tips.

by Scott Watson:

Monarch (Solo Flute and Piano, Grade 3).

Mustang Spirit (any Band Instrument and Piano, Grade 2)

Sur la Glace (Solo Oboe and Piano, Grade 2)

BRIEF BIO: Dr. Scott Watson is a veteran music educator, a frequently commissioned/published composer, and highly regarded music tech enthusiast. Watson has taught instrumental and elective music in the Parkland School District (Allentown, PA) for 35 years and serves as adjunct professor for a number of universities in the region (including Cairn University, University of the Arts and Moravian University). In 2015, Watson was recognized by the Parkland School District with a Parkland Pride Award for outstanding achievement, and in 2020 received the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award.

Watson earned his M.M. and D.M.A. in Composition from Temple University, where his principal teachers were Maurice Wright, Matthew Greenbaum and Clifford Taylor. His unique voice - evident in more than 100 published concert band, string orchestra and chamber works at all levels - is informed equally by his experiences with contemporary concert art music and the band world. Watson’s music has received recognition from the American Composer's Forum, American Music Center, and Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia (among others), and is regularly performed around the world (including the Academy of Music, Philadelphia; the Midwest Clinic, Chicago; the White House, Washington, D.C.). Watson is an exclusive composer for Alfred Publications, a contributor to the Sound Innovations concert band series, and an Alfred Clinician/Author.

Dr. Watson presents numerous workshops/clinics for music educators around the U.S. and internationally (Australia, Canada), frequently serves as guest conductor for honor/festival bands, and is a member of the Buffett Crampon Educational Advisory Board. He is the author of the highly regarded music education text, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (©2011, Oxford University Press).